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Word began circulating yesterday that a new Phoenix Suns logo set had leaked. Here are some thoughts:
• I’m always happy to see less purple in the world, but come on — black? Seems like a team called the Suns should be about the last franchise to emphasize black. Can a black alternate uni revival be far behind? Yeah, I know — black light, midnight sun, black to the future, blah-blah-blah. Those will all make snappy marketing slogans, which I’m sure will have great appeal to 17-year-olds. But what about the rest of us?
• I really hate the notched lettering.
• I also really hate the secondary logo with the black sun inside the S. Awful.
• On the plus side, I think the updated “PHX” lettering on the “rising phoenix” logo is an improvement.
• Meanwhile, here’s an interesting detail: On the primary logo, the basketball has been rotated slightly — look at the stripes. It now looks more like it’s “facing forward” as it moves. A small but thoughtful upgrade.
Or at least that’s my take. What do you folks think?
Equal opportunity memorial: As you’re probably aware, the Angels have been honoring former team orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum with a chest patch. Nothing unusual there. But with the Mariners in Anaheim last night to wrap up a four-game series, reader Peter Chiappinelli notice something odd: Three of the Mariners — Kendrys Morales, Raul Ibañez, and Felix Hernandez — were wearing the Yocum memorial patch (click to enlarge):
None of the other Mariners in the game were wearing the patch (although I suppose there could have been some players wearing it on the bench). “I can understand Kendrys wearing it, given his history with the Angels,” says Peter. “But I’m not sure of the Ibañez or Hernandez connection.” Neither am I. (Update: Here’s an article about Hernandez wearing the patch. Has some good background info but mistakenly states that he was the only one wearing it.)
Hernandez, of course, is a starting pitcher, so he would not have appeared in any of the three previous games in this series. But what about Morales and Ibañez — did they wear the patch on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday? I went back and checked the video, and they did not wear the patch on those days. So their patches were added just for last night’s game.
All very interesting. Can anyone else recall a team’s memorial patch being used selectively by players on an opposing team?
PermaRec update: A century-old message in a bottle, shown at right, is the subject of the latest entry on the Permanent Record Blog.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Latest school to drop its Native American mascot: Radnor High School in Pennsylvania. Slowly but surely, people (from Bill Waldron, Jr.). … Matt Holiday of the Cardinals gave new meaning to the term “big fly” last night, as he hit a home run with his fly unzipped. Further info here (from Ryan Bowman and Patrick Walsh). … Good article about LeBron James’s headband. … New kits for Maccabi Tel Aviv FC (from David Ariel). … The Akron Aeros wore 1980s Cleveland Indians throwbacks on Wednesday. Is that common, for minor league teams to wear big league throwbacks? (From Jeff Moulden.) … You don’t often see color photos of the Packers from the pre-”G” era (from arrod Leder). … If you’re gonna have matching outfits, this is how it’s done (from Brady Graham). … Here’s the logo for the 2018 Winter Olympics (thanks, Brinke). … New home kit for Celtic (from JK Chaney). … According to this obituary, former Phillies catcher Stan Lopata wore sunglasses behind the plate back in the 1950s, and he and Cards catcher Bill Sarni played without chest protectors during a particularly hot game in 1954 (from Kurt Esposito). … Yesterday I Ticker-mentioned that Abilene Christian had new football uniforms. What I didn’t mention, because I didn’t notice it until just now, is that their new helmet logo has a squiggle on tiger’s forehead that looks somewhat like a Nike swoosh — surprising, given that the new uniforms are from Adidas. … You know the country has officially gone loony-bin for this camouflage nonsense when the Nats’ racing presidents goe G.I. Joe. Enough! (From Max Weintraub and Hal Gordon.) … Did you know Auburn football wore green jerseys for two seasons in the late 1930s? It’s true (from Clint Richardson). … New home kit for FC Anji (from Lucas Ehrbar). … The Brooklyn Cyclones wore very odd-looking “Irish” uniforms last night. Even weirder from behind.